It’s been a month now since our second 40-day Do What He Said Challenge has been completed. I’m back now to writing blog posts hopefully more often now.
Today, I was reading through some past work I’ve done and I came across a verse that stuck out to me in Esther 4:14: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
So let me set this up a bit for you…Esther, a Jewish woman, came to become queen without the king knowing or caring if she was Jewish. It never came up. It’s like when two people are getting married and they come to me in pre-marital counseling and I ask them, “Does your fiancé believe in Jesus?” and they respond, “Well, I’m not sure…it hasn’t come up yet.” A tragedy that it hasn’t! Nevertheless, Mordecai, who was like a father to Esther, hears of a plan to kill all of the Jewish people led by one of the king’s servants Haman, pronounced, “Hey Man.”
Mordecai then tells Esther she has to do something about this. After all, the king loves her and so Mordecai says, “who knows…maybe it is for such a time as this” that you have been put in this position to do something powerful about the current situation we are in! You can either remain silent and tragedy will strike our people, or you can use your position and your place in this world to do something about the current situation and try to change the king’s mind. Esther is obedient and does, in fact, change the king’s mind. Hey-Man becomes Hang-Man because, yes, he is hung, for his deceitfulness and going behind the king’s back!
Here’s the takeaway: God puts us in the places and positions in this world to be used by Him. You being where you are now is not an accident. It’s where God planned on you being. He put you here for a reason. You have been placed “for such a time as this” to have maximum impact in the areas in which you already are. Collectively, we have all been put here “for such a time as this,” because we can do more together than separate!
I have this overwhelming feeling that God is up to something very big and we are about to see it here at theCross. I don’t know what it is and what it will look like, but I can’t shake this feeling. He has placed us here now for a reason, for such a time as this, and as long as I’m here and as long as you are here, why not give all that we can and do all that we can to advance God’s kingdom and His church!